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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kiwi Lane Class at Scrapbook Expo...

 At Scrapbook Expo last week, I took four classes.  I love learning and making new things and stepping out of my "norm".  These cards definitely fit the bill.  Of the four classes I took though, this was my least favorite.  And it has nothing to do with the cards we made.  It was the instruction...
 
  I had no idea what "Kiwi Lane" was and if I hadn't WON the door prize, I would still not know what they were.  They are apparently, different hard plastic "Designer Templates" that you use to trace on designer papers and put together to create a card.  Our "kit" had ALL the paper already traced and we just cut.  That's it!  Just cut...
 
SO, paying $23 to ASSEMBLE five cards was pretty disheartening.  Like I said, if I hadn't won the door prize, I'd be pretty unhappy...
 
These are the "Designer Templates" I won.  I put mine on a ring and have them handy...
 




I hope I create more cards like this with my winnings because
they are VERY different from my norm... :)


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Last year's Scrapbook Expo class...

 Scrapbook Expo will be back in town this coming weekend and I thought it would be prudent to finish LAST year's class cards.  These were from a class that I no longer remember the name of BUT, it was where I was first introduced to the ZIG Clean Color Brushes.  I took the class with Susan and although she LOVED the markers, she gave me her card kit... yay for me!!  After completing the cards, I made some matching envelopes with my Gelli-plate, stencils and acrylic paints...
 
 Today, these cards were kicking my butt!  Fussy cutting the butterflies was beyond aggravating!  IF ONLY I had a Scan 'N Cut.  Insert cheesy grin here... :)  ROFLMAO
 
Now, they are all completed and I can get ready for the NEXT set of classes I'm going to take... AND I'm going to enter this card in the SSS Wednesday Challenge, Let's Go Wild.
 


Friday, August 5, 2016

My Jeanne inspired blog post...

 All these cards were done either with Jeanne OR with Jeanne's stuff... :)
 
Jeanne came to my house for a play date in mid-July.  She brought lots of her "stuff" for us to play with.  I cut several of her Simon Says Stamp Daisy dies for future cards.  We played with her BRUSHO Color Burst and made backgrounds.  The card on the left was put together AFTER Jeanne went home.  I cut down the backgrounds we made and did some faux stitching around the edges.  She accidently left a box of Christmas stamps behind so I found a sentiment in there that would work... then I sent the card to her. 
 
The card on the right was part of yesterday's endeavor...
 
While visiting at her house this week, we did some Copic coloring together.  I colored three of the APPLE HARVEST stamp by Deep Red then we cut the images on her Scan 'n Cut.  OMG!!!  I'm SOOOO sold on the Scan 'n Cut!  Although it seems it took me HOURS yesterday to find all the right papers for this from my stash, I was quite happy with the result.  The sentiment is again, from that box of Christmas stamps she left behind when visiting me...

Finally, we followed an Art Impressions video to color this.  Using the AI Clay Pot and my Marvy markers, I colored two of these images at her house.  Once home, I realized that I HAVE this set from a class I took last year with Sandy Allnock up in Massachusetts.  I don't know why I haven't used it since that class because this was so fun and relaxing to do.
 
So, there you have it... my Jeanne inspired cards!  :)


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Christmas in July...


 When a fellow crafter, Poet Spice, challenged me to make 10 Christmas cards between June 24th and July 10th, I jumped on that like white on rice.  When she saw how quickly I did 8 in June, she upped my goal to 20.  HA!!  I did 23 by the end of the challenge!! 
 
The flames are punched from the SU Bird Builder punch.  I used Distress Ink to give them depth.  The branch is a die-cut and the twine is in my Etsy shop... link HERE
 
I had made this design before from something I saw on Pinterest but changed the banners from 4 to 5.  I always thought that in design, numbers were supposed to be odd.  This made the figuring of 5, very difficult for me.  I'm just horrible, horrible, horrible at math.  But, once I figured out one, the rest were relatively easy...
 
The sentiment is heat embossed and the banners are dry embossed with a snowflake folder.  I've added lace and silver edged red ribbon, punched snowflakes and bling...
 
These are Mod Podged napkins.  I added some modeling paste with stencils on the four on the right.  I loved that detail...


This is my favorite of the six napkin cards.  I LOVE the word stencil I used with white modeling paste.  It really stands out...
 
Fifteen for July... SCORE!!
 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

♪♫ Christmas Cards, OH Christmas Cards ♪♫

 So, yesterday started out with no MOJO.  It was an amazing beautiful day and I was sooo sad to be wasting it and being unproductive.  I wasn't giving myself the freedom to grieve my friend who had passed away last Sunday from ALS.  After talking with her son, and laughing over some "Toni-isms", I found my MOJO and was able to create again.  These are for you Toni... :)
 
 Both of these cards were CASED from cards I found on Pinterest.  Using what I had and thinking I could do this without instructions, they came out great!!  The hand drawn smile looks like he's got wicked thoughts going thru his head.  I made four of these and they all have the crooked smile...
 
Incredibly simple, but elegant.  I made four of these.  Now, June is in the books with EIGHT cards made fulfilling my monthly challenge... yay!!
 


Friday, June 17, 2016

The last of the "Cards with Dimension" class for awhile...

 What a busy day I've had finishing up this "Cards with Dimension" class thru Craftsy!!  Trying to make and use things in my stash that were as close to what was used in the class, turned out to be quite a challenge.  For now, I'm moving on to another class but I'll ALWAYS know I can come back to this one for inspiration.  I definitely think I got my money's worth out of this... :)
 
 These papers were something Dana and I split up when I met her in FL back in February.  FINALLY getting to them...
 

Same papers as above and lots of miscellaneous pieces from my stash...
 
This was probably the most challenging as I didn't have a gold frame.  So, I made one from two different dies, the star one and the scallop one.  Now, maybe I should clean the house as the Ernman is due in from Ohio in about an hour?  Sorry honey, crafting comes first... :)
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Craftsy" class, Lesson 2...

 After being away on a cruise to Bermuda for a week, I was itching to return to the Studio.  I'm behind on my correspondence too, so I went back to my "Craftsy" class and went at it again.  Some of these will be sent to people who made me feel so special on my birthday.  Every card I receive, I try my best to reciprocate.  I KNOW how great it feels to get happy mail... :)
 
 I heat embossed the sentiment with Pirate's Gold embossing powder, dry embossed the under panel with a Sizzix honeycomb embossing folder, used washi tape and flowers, stars and hearts from my stash.  The whole panel is raised with dimensional tape...
 
 Same class, different lesson.  The flowers are dimensional stickers by Recollections that I clustered together.  Added some twine from my Etsy shop, link HERE...
 
I used Wooden Icons, also by Recollections, from Michaels dollar bin as my sentiment, which is now $1.50... LOL.  They are very fragile and I broke this one.  Semi-ok repair job.   It is a pretty effect but I wonder if it'll make it thru the mail.
 
SOOO, off to send some cards.  I'd be pleased as punch if these were ALL in today's mail...